Shamrocks begin WLA title defence

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August 5, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria Shamrocks will begin the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association Playoffs tomorrow night when they welcome the New Westminster Salmonbellies to 100.3 The Q Centre for Game 1.

The Shamrocks enter the WLA’s second season as the reigning champions and the top seed for the first time since 2009. Victoria and New Westminster met three times in the regular season with the Green & White taking all three games. 

Victoria finished the regular season with a record of 14-2-2. Snipers Rhys Duch and Corey Small led the WLA in scoring, ending Friday’s season finale tied with 76 points. Goaltender Matt Flindell also had a career-year with 11 wins and new bests in goals-against average and save percentage. The Shamrocks scored a league-high 176 goals while conceding just 124. 

Despite being matched up against the league’s top team, the Salmonbellies enter the post-season with some confidence. Since a 13-5 loss at 100.3 The Q Centre on July 18, New Westminster has won four straight-games en route to clinching a playoff spot. They ended the regular season with an impressive 9-3 win over a playoff bound Maple Ridge Burrards squad.

New Westminster Salmonbellies Breakdown:

Regular Season Record: 9-9-0

Leading Scorer: Jordan McBride (27 goals, 26 assists)

Top Goaltender: Alexis Buque (7 wins, 7.90 G.A.A., 0.820 SV%)

This Week’s Schedule:

Wed., August 6 | Shamrocks vs. New West Salmonbellies | 100.3 The Q Centre | 7:45 p.m.

Fri., August 8 | Shamrocks at New West Salmonbellies | Queen’s Park Arena | 6:00 p.m.

Sun., August 10 | Shamrocks vs. New West Salmonbellies | 100.3 The Q Centre | 6:00 p.m. 

Playoff tickets are on sale now at the Shamrocks office at 120-967 Langford Parkway, or online at victoriashamrocks.com. Season ticket holders can also claim their seats by calling 250-478-ROCK (7625) – seats not purchased by August 6th will be released to the public. The first round schedule and more ticket details are available online at victoriashamrocks.com. 

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